20 years after tornado, Kelly Clem speaks at church commemoration

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Mission and Ministry
An aerial view of houses engulfed by water in Kindu, Congo. Torrential rains caused the Congo River to overflow in April, affecting more than 10,000 households in Kindu. Photo by Chadrack Tambwe Londe, UM News.

Church members among dead in Congo flooding

Thousands of families have been displaced and United Methodist homes, schools and other buildings have been destroyed by flooding in the East Congo Episcopal Area.
Disaster Relief
A tire swing sways in the wind from Hurricane Rita over the remains of a beachfront home destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in Ocean Springs, Miss. Rita made landfall in East Texas Sept. 24, 2005, nearly four weeks after Katrina hit Louisiana and Mississippi. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Ask The UMC: How do we understand suffering from disaster?

When tragedy strikes, it is common for us to ask why. We turn to our faith for answers, but answers don’t come easily.
Disaster Relief
The Farleys, members of First-Centenary United Methodist Church in Chattanooga, Tenn., posted “messages of distress” to their Facebook page after severe storms devastated their home on April 12. Troy Hamilton, youth pastor at the church, drove and then walked to reach them: "It was glorious to have a familiar friendly face show up.” Photo by Troy Hamilton.

Easter celebrated amid storms, pandemic

United Methodists weathered deadly storms while keeping the spirit of Easter.